First Edition (Australian TV program)

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First Edition
GenreNews, breakfast television, Current affairs
Presented byPeter Stefanovic (2019-present)
Country of originAustralia
Original languageEnglish
Production locationsSydney
Running time3 hours (inc. adverts)
Original networkSky News Australia
Picture formatPAL
Original release2002 (2002) –

First Edition is an Australian breakfast television news program broadcast on Sky News Australia. The program is currently hosted by Peter Stefanovic. The program is one of four breakfast news programs in Australia, competing with Sunrise, Today and News Breakfast.[1] The program airs seven days a week.[2]

The program is unusual for the fact that since 2014[3] it is broadcast from two locations, with Jayes co-hosting from the Sky News centre in the Sydney suburb of Macquarie Park, and Gilbert hosting from studios in Parliament House, Canberra.[1] Additionally, the program also transitions into political commentary program AM Agenda at 8:30am AEST, which Gilbert hosted solo until October 2018, after which he was joined by Jayes.[4]

Weekend editions of the program were trimmed with the launch of Saturday Edition and Sunday Edition from 9 July 2016.[5] Amy Greenbank, Tom Connell and Leanne Jones have served as substitute anchors of the program.[6][7][8]


The program is one of the longest running formats still broadcast on Sky News, having been on-air since at least 2002.[9] Previous presenters of the program have included John Gatfield,[10] Michael Willesee, Jr.,[11] Vanessa Grimm[11] (née Trezise), Amber Sherlock,[12] Leigh Hatcher,[4] Susanne Latimore,[4] Nina Stevens[4] (née May) and Terry Willesee.[4] Brooke Corte stepped down as host in September 2018 to become primetime anchor of Your Money, and was replaced by Laura Jayes.[13]

Peter Stefanovic replaced Kieran Gilbert as co-anchor in July 2019.[14]

Special editions[edit]

On 7 November 2014, the program was broadcast from a Sydney Airport aircraft hangar, following a recent partnership deal between Sky News and Qantas.[15] As part of the arrangement, Corte presented in-flight news bulletins on Qantas flights.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "New roles for Laura Jayes & Brooke Corte at Sky News". MediaWeek. 18 January 2016. Retrieved 5 May 2016.
  2. ^ Knox, David (12 June 2013). "Terry Willesee resigns from SKY News". TV Tonight. Retrieved 5 May 2016.
  3. ^ Knox, David (17 March 2016). "Michael Willesee leaves SKY News". TV Tonight. Retrieved 5 May 2016.
  4. ^ a b c d e Knox, David (31 January 2012). "SKY News adds Darwin bureau, national bulletin from Perth". TV Tonight.
  5. ^ "Paul Murray and PVO to work weekends too". MediaWeek. 29 June 2016. Retrieved 4 July 2016.
  6. ^ Knox, David (20 January 2017). "Australia Day on SKY News". TV Tonight. Retrieved 20 January 2017.
  7. ^ Knox, David (21 April 2017). "SKY News: ANZAC Day". TV Tonight. Retrieved 21 April 2017.
  8. ^ Knox, David (4 May 2017). "SKY News: Budget 2017". TV Tonight. Retrieved 4 May 2017.
  9. ^ "Sky News Australia [On Air Schedule]". 5 December 2002. Archived from the original on 5 December 2002. Retrieved 2 June 2019.
  10. ^ "Sky News - First Edition 2004". YouTube. 19 December 2006. Retrieved 5 May 2016.
  11. ^ a b Murfett, Andrew (22 December 2005). "Seeing hope in a cloudy Sky". The Age. Archived from the original on 5 May 2016. Retrieved 5 May 2016.
  12. ^ "Great Expectations - Media Speakers - Amber Sherlock". Great Expectation. Retrieved 5 May 2016.
  13. ^ Tutty, Josie (30 September 2018). "Laura Jayes joins Kieran Gilbert as co-anchor of Sky News' First Edition and AM Agenda". Mumbrella. Retrieved 30 September 2018.
  14. ^ Carty, Sarah (27 May 2019). "Former Nine star lands new breakfast show gig". Yahoo Lifestyle.
  15. ^ Knox, David (7 November 2014). "First Edition Live from the hangar". TV Tonight. Retrieved 5 May 2016.

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